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Stockholm Dansfilmfestival participates at the inauguration of Teaterkvarteren in Sundsvall, Sweden. 24 dance films will be presented by creators from all over Sweden. The event takes place on 12th March 2016.

The Economic Body is screened in Block 3: 14.00-14.30. Free entry.

More information: Norrdans


A short film of The Economic Body was featured at Stockholm Dansfilmfestival at Zita the 21 December. More screenings are to be announced during spring 2016.

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“There is a correlation between the ways we use our bodies and the roles we play”

An event on the crossover between dance and social science. Collaboration between Fredriksson (SE), Steil (LU), Brandão (BR).

With kind support from La Maison des Etudiants Suédois, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

Photos © Liv-Kristin Rød Korssjøen

Program for event 30 oct 2015


La Maison des Etudiants Suédois invites you to an interdisciplinary event

Fredriksson (SE), Steil (LU), Brandão (BR)

“There is a correlation between the way you use your body and what role you’re playing”

Friday 30 October 2015 at 20.00

20.00-20.10: Introduction to concept
20.10-20.45: Film screening of “The Economic Body”
20.45-21.30: Discussion and refreshments

Fredriksson, Steil and Brandão co-create their first interdisciplinary event on the intersection between dance and social science. The three met in the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, and gathered in their mutual but diverse explorations of the fields. Fredriksson presents film excerpts from her interdisciplinary project “The Economic Body” (2014), and invites Steil and Brandão to elaborate on their current research and performance projects.

Anna-Mi Fredriksson is a choreographer and economist from Stockholm, Sweden. After working as a dancer with The English National Ballet, she studied at Stockholm School of Economics, where she co-founded the organisation Art Division, exploring and developing the relationship between arts, business and society. She is currently residing in Paris where she studies International Economic Policy at Sciences Po.

Laura Steil recently obtained her PhD in anthropology from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE). She spent the last decade researching the social and cultural dynamics of several “non-academic” dance scenes in France, most notably the hip-hop or “afro” scenes. She uses dance as an ethnographic research tool, considering the (dancing) body not only an object but a locus and vector of knowledge. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the GSRL (EPHE).

Carolina Brandão is a dancer and sociologist from São Paulo, Brazil. She was classically trained and worked in various contemporary projects throughout her career. After studying Social Sciences at the University of São Paulo, she alternated for 8 years between works in contemporary dance and in consulting, evaluating social projects. She is currently studying International Public Management at Sciences Po – Paris.

Bienvenue! Welcome!

La Maison des Etudiants Suédois
La Cité internationale universitaire de Paris
7F Bd Jourdan, 75014 Paris
(RER B, Tram 3, Bus 21, 67 : La Cité universitaire)

Captured by the audience

Following the performances at MIA Fair, the project caught a life of its own as many captured the essence of the performance in their own way. Thank you for sharing! Here are some of the photos I found on instagram at #theeconomicbody

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Two systems 

like the two poles of a magnet
as though they almost hate each other
they are inseparable
what happens when they meet on equal conditions?
can they meet on equal conditions?
do they want to meet on equal conditions?
will one overcome the other?
or are they like the poles of a magnet
destined to never meet?
Audience reflection, 23-09-2014

Two systems renegotiating dominance… #theeconomicbody

A video posted by Anna-Mi Fredriksson (@annamifred) on

A progression

of the project based on previous work.

More than 100 reflections from the audience at Weld in September 2014 are being processes and analyzed. This work is done together with Mia Hjelte and Kajsa Sandström, two Stockholm-based artists. 

I keep thinking about the difference between asking a question and doing a question. Only through doing can an understanding be achieved of what has been done. Perhaps that is where ‘the economic body’ is – in the doing of the question.
– Audience reflection, Weld, 2014-09-24

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The initial research

phase is documented as a short film from the Weld artist residency in July 2014.

A film by Anna-Mi Fredriksson
Dancers Sandra Gerdin & Kajsa Sandström
Cinematographer Erik Widman


A: So, can’t we be intuitive?
B: I don’t think we can ever be purely intuitive. Because we are born into a culture. We are formed already. But we have an intuition and that’s always negotiating against this choreography that we are born into.
– Discussion participants 05-06-2014

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Excerpts from the project

were showcased as a short film at Stockholm School of Economics Installation & Conferment Ceremony in the City Hall. The film was accompanied by a speech about interdisciplinary processes between art and science. Central questions were decision making processes and gender structures in the business world.

“In the business world, top positions are usually dominated by men. Once there is a woman, the discussion usually goes ‘She acts like a man’. The body language shows that there is a difference in how you get up on the ladder of success. It has a correlation to how you perform and what role you’re playing.”
– Discussion participant, 2014-04-06

The initial research phase

of The Economic Body is becoming a short film, documenting the interdisciplinary process so far.

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What is it to be choreographed,

to act within a choreographic setting or framework?

Individual behaviour as outcome of scarce resources, such as time, or quantitative measures, codes and norms. Approaching society as a choreography, is it possible to identify the choreographic setting and re-choreograph it in order to redefine current structures?